ANC big guns join election manifesto

The party says one of the main aims of the rally is to highlight the plight of the poor in the Western Cape.

Delegates attending the 2012 ANC National Policy Conference at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC brought out several of its big guns at the party's launch of the provincial election manifesto in Cape Town on Saturday.

The party says one of the main aims of the rally is to highlight the plight of the poor in the Western Cape.

ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman, ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte and Cosatu's Toni Ehrenreich were just some of the speakers at the event.

Duarte urged community members to cast their vote in the ANC's favour during the next election so that the province could see a decline in unemployment and an improvement to service delivery.

"It's time comrades for you to not only shout slogans, to not only wear the t-shirts, but to have the courage to take the Western Cape out of the hands of minority rule."

Hundreds of people gathered at the Delft South Sports Complex to join the party as it also celebrated 102 years since its formation.

The Cape Minstrels marched and played music while crowds raised their ANC banners and flags in celebration of the political party.